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General ELECTION: November 8, 2016

The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility.

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative # 735

Vote YES on I-735 to Get Big Money Out of Politics

YES
Corporations are not people. Money is not speech. These are two truths that a huge majority of the public agrees upon, and yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the opposite when it made Citizens United the law of the land. Initiative 735, known as WAmend, puts our state on the record calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and political donations should be disclosed. Vote YES on I-735 to tell Congress that Washington supports returning power to the people, not greedy corporations and the wealthy.

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Initiative #1433

Vote Yes on I-1433: Raise Up Washington

YES
Washingtonians should be able to take care of themselves or a sick child without losing a paycheck, and no one who works hard and plays by the rules should still struggle to make ends meet. Yet too many working people, particularly women and people of color, work two or three jobs and still have trouble providing basic necessities like food and shelter for their families. Initiative 1433 would give all workers the opportunity to earn paid sick and safe leave and raise the state minimum wage to $13.50 over four years. It would also allow counties and cities - like Seattle and Tacoma - to pass more progressive measures. And when more workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at local businesses and boost our economy. Vote YES on Initiative 1433 to help businesses, workers and families across Washington thrive.

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Initiative #1491

Vote Yes To Keep Families Safe

YES
The vast majority of people who commit a mass shooting or suicide show signs of their intentions. Families are often the first to see those signs, but under our current laws family members are often powerless to remove firearms from individuals who show signs of violence. Initiative 1491 will empower families to prevent tragedies by temporarily preventing people who are a danger to themselves or others from accessing firearms. I-1491 allows families and law enforcement to ask a judge for an Extreme Risk Protection Order if there is a demonstrated risk of violent behavior. Vote YES on I-1491 to keep our communities safe and help prevent more tragedies from gun violence

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site: http://gunresponsibility.org/

Initiative #1501

Vote Yes on I-1501 to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors

YES
When it comes to consumer fraud and identity theft, we are all at risk – but seniors are especially vulnerable. Initiative 1501 will discourage scam and crack down on criminals who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I-1501 increases penalties for identity theft and fraud and prevents the state from releasing personal private information about vulnerable people and their in-home caregivers. Vote YES to protect the privacy and safety of seniors!

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, Washington State Labor Council

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Federal

President

Hillary Clinton

Democrat
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made history when she became the first woman nominated by the Democratic Party for president. As President, she will continue her legacy of advocacy for women, children, and families, which began with working at the Children's Defense Fund to provide education to students with disabilities. She also promises to fight for equal pay, protect our environment, expand background checks to more gun sales, support comprehensive immigration reform, and stand up to Republican attacks on President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.

Her main opponent, Republican Donald Trump, has amassed a troubling track record of actions and positions that are divisive, dishonest, disrespectful to women, and far too uniformed and unstable to lead our nation and be our Commander in Chief. Also in this race is Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a former Lexington, Massachusetts Town Council member, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian former governor of New Mexico.

Hillary Rodham Clinton deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union
Other: American Federation of Teachers, Planned Parenthood Act, NARAL Pro-Choice America,League of Conservation Voters, National Women's Political Caucus, National Organization of Women,

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U.S. Senator

Patty Murray

Democrat
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Since Patty Murray was first elected in 1992, the "Mom in Tennis Shoes" has been an incredible champion for women, working people, veterans, and an economy that works for everyone. The fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, she has earned the respect of Democrats and Republicans alike by forging agreements on the budget, education, women's health, and other critical issues, all while continuing to fight for working people across our state.

Her opponent is former Washington State Republican Party Chair Chris Vance. Vance, a partisan operative who championed George W. Bush for president, has led a lackluster campaign and does not bring new ideas to the table. Murray's leadership, experience, and progressive values make her the clear choice in this race.

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Statewide Offices

Governor

Jay Inslee

Democrat
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Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington, including tackling transportation problems, increasing the minimum wage, and fighting global warming. He has also worked to fund schools by closing unjust tax loopholes and fought to close the gender pay gap. Before he was elected Governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.

In contrast, Republican Bill Bryant opposes the Washington Voting Rights Act, is opposed to many public transportation projects, and is an obstacle to closing unjust tax loopholes. While Inslee has his work cut out for him in his second term, we believe his strong moral compass and vision for improving our state makes him the best choice in this race.

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Lt. Governor

Cyrus Habib

Democrat
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Sen. Cyrus Habib has been an effective champion for public education, transit solutions, and gun safety. Habib authored a successful jobs bill to connect entrepreneurs with additional funding options, and has been named one of 12 legislators to watch in the country by Governing Magazine. Sen. Habib is an impressive legislator who has received the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations. He faces a competitive challenge from Republican Mary McClendon.

Secretary of State

Tina Podlodowski

Democrat
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Tina Podlodowski is running for Secretary of State to increase voter participation and turnout as the state’s chief elections officer. She is a former Microsoft executive who also served on the Seattle City Council and has strong track record of non-profit leadership.

Podlodowski is challenging incumbent Republican Kim Wyman for failing to improve declining voter participation. Wyman has opposed the Washington Voting Rights Act and has refused to support common-sense measures to increase voter participation such as Election Day voter registration and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds. Podlodowski deserves your vote.

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State Treasurer

Duane Davidson

Republican
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Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the best option of two conservative candidates to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire. Davidson is currently serving his second term as the President of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers, earning him the endorsement of both Republican and Democratic treasurers from around the state. While we disagree about how to reform our state's upside-down tax code, Davidson brings years of experience managing staff, smart investments of taxpayer dollars, and a commitment to transparency and accountability.

In contrast, Wall Street banker Michael Waite has no government experience, is highly partisan, and regularly spouts Tea Party rhetoric about debt and government that is unfit for the office of state treasurer.

For the best of two conservative options, Davidson deserves your vote.

State Auditor

Pat McCarthy

Democrat
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Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year. McCarthy is running to bring back integrity to the Auditor's office after a criminal indictment derailed Troy Kelley's term, and promises to improve efficiency and transparency in our state government.

Her opponent is socially-conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, Unfortunately, Miloscia is opposed to a woman’s right to choose and to marriage equality. He supports allowing employers to deny coverage for birth control and co-sponsored a bill that could ban many forms of birth control. We're concerned that if elected, Miloscia could use his office to launch politically-fueled investigations of Planned Parenthood and other women's health groups that receive public funds to provide health care to women. Miloscia has been good on labor issues and was endorsed by some of our labor partners at SEIU 925, SEIU 775, and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. He has received a dual endorsement of the Washington Federation of State Employees along with McCarthy.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: WA Federation of State Employees
Other: Emily's List, Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Democrat
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson's accomplishments in four years are impressive. From delivering millions of dollars back to consumers who were wronged by fraudulent corporations and his ongoing battle with the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site to successfully fighting two Tim Eyman initiatives, Ferguson has been a strong and effective advocate for people in Washington.

Ferguson faces Libertarian Josh Trumbull, who is not running a competitive campaign. Ferguson deserves your vote.

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Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary Franz

Democrat
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Hilary Franz is the Executive Director of Futurewise and former Bainbridge Island Councilmember who brings 20 years of experience working at the state and local level protecting working families and communities that rely on forestry, farmland, and waterways. Franz is a former Washington Environmental Council and Conservation Northwest board member, she sat on the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, and was appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Washington State Climate Action Team. She will prioritize restoring forest health, preventing wildfires, and creating clean energy jobs on our public lands. Franz has the leadership skills to develop solutions that respect the needs of our communities depending upon timber and shellfish sales while also protecting critical natural and recreational resources.

Franz faces Republican Steve McLaughlin, who has aligned himself with numerous global warming deniers in his party. For the future of our state, our health, and our public lands, Hillary Franz deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Superintendent of Public Instruction

There are two good candidates in this non-partisan race for Superintendent of Public Instruction: Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones. Reykdal has received the most support from our progressive partners.

Chris Reykdal

Non-Partisan
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Rep. Chris Reykdal is a progressive legislator from Thurston County who has been an outspoken advocate for education funding and income inequality issues. As a former teacher and former school board member, Reykdal has seen the struggle schools are facing to get their job done. He supports reforming our state's broken tax system to ensure our public schools have the funding they need to provide a quality education for every student. Reykdal currently has two children in Washington's public schools.

We recommend Reykdal or Jones in this race.

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Erin Jones

Non-Partisan
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Erin Jones is a celebrated teacher of foreign languages and African American studies who has won multiple awards for her innovative work to make learning more accessible for students of color. Jones most recently worked at Tacoma Public Schools and previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement for the state of Washington, where she worked on policy and instruction practices to make school a vibrant learning place for all students. Jones' three kids attended Washington public schools and her husband is also a public school teacher.

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Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler

Democrat
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As the state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler has brought a range of experience to the position and defended the interests of Washington residents against big insurance companies. Kreidler cut insurance rates, required that contraceptives be included in prescription drug coverage for women, and helped increase the transparency of the health insurance market. If re-elected, Kreidler will work on expanding health care access, limiting insurance company exploitation, and eliminating credit scoring as a determinant of insurance rates.

Kreidler faces Republican Richard Schrock, who is not running a credible campaign. Kreidler deserves your vote.

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State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Justice, Position #1

Mary Yu

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Justice Mary Yu served 14 years as a trial court judge in King County, where she presided over hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases before Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to Washington’s Supreme Court. As the first Asian American, the first Latina, and the first member of the LGBT community to serve on the Supreme Court, Yu brings a community-based approach and respect for every community to her service.

Justice Yu is also highly involved in the Washington state law community. She serves as a Co-Chair for the Leadership Institute of UW, the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and the Washington State Bar Association. Additionally, she received the highest possible rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six state bar associations.

Yu faces Gonzaga Law Professor David Dewolf, who is best known for his far right pro-creationism, anti-evolution conservative stances. Because of her remarkable record and extensive experience, Justice Mary Yu is the clear choice for this Supreme Court Justice Position.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers - WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union, SEIU 775, SEIU Local 925, WA State Council of Firefighters, WA Federation of State Employees, Washington State Labor Council
Social Justice: Latino PAC, OneAmerica Votes
Bar Association Ratings: "Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Loren Miller Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Q-Law: the LGBT Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Washington Women Lawyers: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Cardozo Society Judicial Evaluation Committee: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Washington Association Prosecuting Attorneys: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified"

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #5

Barbara Madsen

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Chief Justice Barbara Madsen has led our state Supreme Court in a fair and impartial manner through a series of high profile cases. First elected in 1992, Madsen was only the third woman to ever serve on our highest court. She has won numerous awards for her service, especially for her work creating opportunities for young female lawyers and judges. Despite Republican efforts to politicize our court over rulings about education funding and several Tim Eyman initiatives, Madsen has maintained a steadfast commitment to upholding equal justice under law.

Madsen is opposed by Greg Zempel, a Republican prosecutor from Kittitas County. Zempel has said he is running because he disagrees with some recent decisions. Madsen deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

State Supreme Court Justice, Position #6

Charles Wiggins

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Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins brings his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions. Wiggins gained notoriety in the years before he was elected for testifying before the state Legislature in favor of a bill proposing campaign contribution limits in state judicial elections, which was later signed into law.

Justice Wiggins faces Dave Larson, who does not share the same broad support from our partners. Due to his commitment to judicial ethics, Justice Charlie Wiggins deserves your vote for Supreme Court Justice Position 6.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, WA State Council of Firefighters, WA Federation of State Employees, Washington State Labor Council
Bar Association Ratings: "King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified", "Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys: Well Qualified"